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Dr Mary Larkin

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  • Central Academic Staff
  • Senior Lecturer
  • Faculty of Wellbeing, Education & Language Studies
  • School of Health, Wellbeing and Social Care
  • Health and Social Care
  • mary.larkin

Professional biography

I am a Senior Lecturer in Health and Social Care. My current teaching roles are Chair for the Ageing Societies and Global Health (K242) and a team member of K217. My particular interests are: carers, adult social care, personalisation, carer and service user empowerment, the third sector and the life course approach to health and well-being. I have led on several funded projects and undertaken consultancies around these areas, published widely and am a member of a number of national bodies. These include the Social Care Institute for Excellence (Co-production network), the Third Sector Research Centre,  the cross-Government Independent Advisory Group on Carers   (I also chair this group’s Research and Evidence Task and Finish Group)  Carers Trust ‘Care Act 2014 for Carers One Year On’ Commission and the Department of Health’s National Carers Strategy Reference Group. In addition, I set up and manage the Care and Caring Network@OU and an international carers research jiscmail.

Research interests

My research interests are: carers, caring, adult social care, personalisation, ageing societies, carer and service user empowerment, the third sector and the life course approach to health and well-being. Whilst I have undertaken research at national and international level and published widely around these areas, my main research  area at the moment is carers.  My current activities include:

  • working with the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) in the development  of good practice  to ensure carers needs are met within primary care more effectively (see NHS Commitment to Carers. http://www.england.nhs.uk/ourwork/pe/commitment-to-carers)

  • blogging on carers issues for Mental ELF and the Social care ELF. The intention is that there will eventually be a separate Carers ELF.

  • the publication of a Special Issue in January  2015 of Health and Social care in the Community on carers and caring based on the seminar series

  • management of  a Carers Research Jiscmail which I  set up as “A place for researchers, carers, service users, third sector organisations, practitioners and policy makers to share and exchange information on the evidence base for carer services, research and policy“.  It now has a worldwide membership of 100+ and I use it to   disseminate information and serve as a repository for resources about carers and caring

  • developing the Care and Caring Network@OU into a  formal corporate network for knowledge exchange around care and caring, the promotion of carers rights within the Open University and the provision of information, advice and guidance in carer-related policy development

  • Reviews Editor and Associate Editor Board for the  International Journal of Care and Caring

  • Principal Investigator for a NIHR SSCR funded project entitled “Utilising Carer-Related Research and Knowledge: a scoping review and  information resource"

  • Lead for a Higher Education Innovation Fund project “Carer Research and Knowledge Exchange  Resource  (CARER)” which will  be a freely accessible knowledge exchange digital resource (website) for ALL national and international stakeholders who require any form of care-related knowledge

     

    I am committed to ensuring that knowledge about carers and caring is used to inform effective policy and practice. To this end, I have undertaken consultancies nationally and internationally, working with government departments, third sector organisations and funding bodies to ensure research really does benefit carers and to make the best use of carer-related knowledge and research.  I continually seek out and make use of opportunities to facilitate the required knowledge exchange e.g. through the Carers Research Jiscmail, Care and Caring@OU network and the “Carer Research and Knowledge Exchange Resource (CARER)

     

 

Teaching interests

K242: Ageing Societies and Global Health

K217: Adult health, social care and wellbeing

Impact and engagement

Member of the cross-Government Independent Advisory Group on Carers  

Chair of the Research and Evidence Task and Finish Group Chair, Independent Advisory Group on Carers 

Member of the Department of Health’s National Carers Strategy Reference Group

Member of Social Care Institute for Excellence Co-Production network

Member of the Department of Education’s Young Carers Advisory group

Carers Trust ‘Care Act 2014 for Carers One Year On’ Commission panel member

NIHR SSCR Fellow

I manage an international Carers Research jiscmail and the Care and Caring@OU network

Social Care Elf Blogger

Proposal reviewer for ESRC and National Institute for Health Research, School for Social Care Research

Book proposal reviewer for Sage Publications, McGraw-Hill, OUP, Routledge  and Pearsons Textbooks

Reviewer for British Journal of Social Work, Health and Social Care in the Community, Journal of Social Policy and Society, Journal of  Social Work in Health Care and People, Place and Policy, Journal of Public Policy. Ageing and Society

 

External collaborations

Third Sector Research Centre Honorary Research Fellow

Carers Federation

NIHR SSCR Fellow

Carers Trust

Social Care Institute for Excellence

Research Activity

Externally funded projects

Exemplar models identification and support of older Carers and Carers of people with dementia

RoleStart dateEnd dateFunding source
Lead01/May/201731/Jan/2018NHS (National Health Service)
The project will work with system and voluntary sector partners to identify exemplar models identification and support of older Carers and Carers of people with dementia.

Carers Knowledge Exchange Resource

RoleStart dateEnd dateFunding source
Lead01/Mar/201630/Jun/2017SSCR NIHR School for Social Care Research
The primary focus of this timely 16 month project is a comprehensive scoping review of carer-related knowledge. The review will have two complementary purposes. One is to provide a unique mapping of carer-related evidence and knowledge, extending understanding about the nature of ‘what is known’ and building on existing foundations for research and knowledge exchange. The scoping review will be academically robust and detailed; its findings will be widely disseminated and offered in a number of formats. It will also contribute to the identification of future research priorities relating to carers and inform social care practice. The second purpose of the scoping review is that it will underpin a freely available digitalised resource developed in partnership with, and hosted and updated by, the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE). This sustainable resource will be for use by commissioners, care workers, social workers, carers’ organisations, carers support workers, carers and service users. It will play an essential role in meeting the Care Act 2014 information and knowledge exchange requirements and support quality social care practice with carers and those for whom they care.

Publications

What do we know about older former carers? Key issues and themes (2017-07)
Larkin, Mary and Milne, Alisoun
Health and Social Care in the Community, 25(4) (pp. 1396-1403)
Carers, choice and personalisation: what do we know? (2016-04)
Larkin, Mary and Mitchell, Wendy
Social Policy and Society , 15(2) (pp. 189-205)
[Book review] Margarita León (ed.) (2014), The Transformation of Care in European Societies (2016-04)
Larkin, Mary
Journal of Social Policy, 45(2) (pp. 381-382)
Caring in the 21st century: research evidence and knowledge generation (2015-01)
Larkin, Mary and Milne, Alisoun
Health and Social Care in the Community, 23(1) (pp. 1-3)
Knowledge generation about care-giving in the UK: a critical review of research paradigms (2015-01)
Milne, Alisoun and Larkin, Mary
Health and Social Care in the Community, 23(1) (pp. 4-13)
Developing the knowledge base about carers and personalisation: contributions made by an exploration of carers’ perspectives on personal budgets and the carer–service user relationship (2015-01)
Larkin, Mary
Health and Social Care in the Community, 23(1) (pp. 33-41)
Carers and empowerment in the UK: a critical reflection (2014-01)
Larkin, Mary and Milne, Alisoun
Social Policy and Society, 13(1) (pp. 25-38)
New partnerships in health and social care for an era of public spending cuts (2012)
Larkin, Mary; Richardson, Louise and Tabreham , Julia
Health and Social Care in the Community, 20(2) (pp. 199-207)
Life after caring: the post-caring experiences of former carers (2009)
Larkin, Mary
British Journal of Social Work, 39(6) (pp. 1026-1042)
Group support during caring and post-caring - the role of carers groups (2008)
Larkin, Mary
Groupwork, 17(2) (pp. 28-51)
Health and Well-Being Across the Life Course (2013)
Larkin, Mary
ISBN : 978-0-85702-881-5 | Publisher : Sage | Published : London
Social Aspects of Health, Illness and Healthcare (2011)
Larkin, Mary
ISBN : 978-0-33-523661-9 | Publisher : Open University Press | Published : Maidenhead
Vulnerable Groups in Health and Social Care (2009)
Larkin, Mary
ISBN : 978-1-4129-4823-4 | Publisher : Sage Publications | Published : London
Care of vulnerable adults (2012-03-01)
Larkin, Mary
In: Blaber , A ed. Foundations for Paramedic Practice: A Theoretical Perspective (2nd ed) (pp. 174-187)
ISBN : 978-0-33-524387-7 | Publisher : McGraw-Hill | Published : Maidenhead
What about the carers? (2012-03-01)
Larkin, Mary
In: Lloyd, Cathy and Heller, Tom eds. Long Term Conditions: Challenges in Health and Social Care (pp. 185-198)
ISBN : 978-0-85702-749-8 | Publisher : Sage | Published : London
Disability and illness: the perspective of people living with a long-term condition (2012)
Milne, Margo; Larkin, Mary and Lloyd, Cathy
In: Lloyd, Cathy and Heller, Tom eds. Long Term Conditions: Challenges in Health and Social Care (pp. 10-21)
ISBN : 978-0-85702-749-8 | Publisher : Sage | Published : London
Working with vulnerable people: experiences of disability (2012)
Larkin, Mary
In: Lloyd, Cathy E. and Heller, Tom eds. Long Term Conditions: Challenges in Health & Social Care (pp. 124-138)
ISBN : 9780857027498 | Publisher : SAGE Publications Ltd. | Published : London
Carer Research and Knowledge Scoping Review (2017-04-12)
Larkin, Mary
In : NIHR School for Social Care Conference 2017 (12 April 2017, LSE, London, UK)
Scoping Carer Research (2016-09-05)
Larkin, Mary
In : 4th International Conference on Evidence-based Policy in Long-term Care (4-7th September 2016, London School of Economics)
'Former' older carers - what do we know about their profile and needs? (2016-06-16)
Larkin, Mary
In : Focusing on Older Carers: Exploring the Research and Practice Axis (16th June 2016, Bristol)
Unbecoming a carer (2015-09-10)
Larkin, Mary
In : Bristish Medical Sociology Association (2015)
Making room for fomer carers (2015-09-07)
Larkin, Mary
In : 6th International Carers Conference - Care and caring: future proofing the new demographics (03-06 September 2015, Gothenburg, Sweden)
What do we know about carer perspectives in mental health and disability services?” (2014)
Larkin, Mary
In : National Conference: What Works? User and Carer Perspectives on Mental Health and Disability Services. (11 June 2014, Leicester, UK)
Where to now for carer research? (2014)
Larkin, Mary
In : Carers: Informing and Improving Policy and Practice Through Research and Evaluation (30 January 2014, London, UK)
Is the third sector going to survive ‘personalisation? (2013)
Larkin, Mary
In : Health Care, Social Care, Voluntary Care: Perfect Partnerships or Dangerous Liaisons (24 October 2013, Harrogate)
Personal budgets and the carer-service user relationship: developing the knowledge base about carers and personalisation (2013)
Larkin, Mary
In : Yorkshire and Humberside Carers Lead Officer Network workshop (July 2013, York)
Personal budgets and the carer-service user relationship”. (2013)
Larkin, Mary
In : Carers Federation Board of Trustees workshop (June 2013, Nottingham )
Carers voices (2013)
Larkin, Mary
In : Compassionate Care: Giving Patients a Voice (13 May 2013)
The UK’s National Carers Strategy 2008: How did we get there and where are we going? (2012-03)
Larkin, Mary
In : Workshops at Ministry of Health and Social Affairs and Ministry of Employment and Economics (March 2102, Helsinki, Finland)
Making sure aging is active: the influence of health and well-being throughout the life course on active aging (2012-03)
Larkin, Mary
In : International Week (5-9 March 2012, Laurea University, Finland)
Carers research (2012)
Larkin, Mary
In : Care and Compassion Week (5-12 May 2012, De Montfort University, Leicester)
Personalisation: what will the impacts be for carers (2012)
Larkin, Mary and Dickinson, Helen
In : Carers, The Third Sector And Personalisation: The Future Research Agenda? (April 2012, Birmingham University)
Partnerships between universities and the Third Sector (2011-03)
Larkin, Mary
In : International Week 2011: Promoting Welfare Service Innovations - Entrepreneurship, Voluntary Work and Third Sector (7-11 March 2011, Laurea Tikkurila, Finland)
The UK’s National Carers Strategy 2008 - how did we get there and where are we going? (2011-02)
Larkin, Mary
In : Finnish National Association of Family Caregivers Conference (1 February 2011, Helsinki, Finland)
Carer empowerment (2010-09)
Larkin, Mary
In : Driving Change In Welfare Services For The Aged Project, 2008-2010 (21 September 2010, Helsinki, Finland)
Effective partnerships between voluntary organizations for carers and academia in social care in an era of public spending cuts (2010-07)
Larkin, Mary
In : 5th International Carers UK Conference, New frontiers in caring, 2010 and beyond (July 2010, Leeds)
A forgotten partnership? The carer-service user partnership and personalisation (2010-06)
Larkin, Mary
In : Shaping the Future of Social Work: 12th UK Joint Social Work Education Conference with the 4th UK Social Work Research Conference (30 June-02 July 2010, University of Hertfordshire)
Promoting service user and carer empowerment in health and social care (2010-03)
Larkin, Mary
In : Promoting Individual And Group Empowerment In Social Services And Health Care (1-7 March 2010, Laurea University, Finland)
Once a carer, always a carer? Exploring identity changes post-caring (2009-06)
Larkin, Mary
In : 11th UK Joint Social Work Education Conference (June 2009, University of Hertfordshire)
Why carers are disadvantaged even when their responsibilities end (2015-10-19)
Larkin, Mary
The Conversation, London.
Testing stress training for black and minority ethnic carers of people with dementia (2015-07-29)
Larkin, Mary
Social care Elf
Testing a person-centred approach to carer support (2015-05-28)
Larkin, Mary
Social Care Elf
Attachment in people with dementia and their carers (2015-03-11)
Larkin, Mary
Social care Elf
Do high levels of caring mean poorer carer mental health? (2015-01-20)
Larkin, Mary
Social care Elf
Carers policy and practice: what about ‘former carers’? (2014-11)
Larkin, Mary
Social care Elf
Personal Budgets And The Carer- Service User Relationship (2014-06)
Larkin, Mary
Carers Federation, Nottingham.
Personalisation: The Beginning Of A New Dawn Or The End Of The Road For Third Sector Support For Carers? (2013)
Miller, Robin and Larkin, Mary
TSRC, Birmingham.
Demand for informal care is rising but supply is set to fall - we must solve this conundrum (2012-11)
Larkin, Mary and Milne, Alisoun
Community Care, Sutton.
Personalisation: what will the impacts be for carers? (2011)
Larkin, Mary and Dickinson, Helen
TSRC, Birmingham.

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